Sights in Hannover

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The New Town Hall

The New Town Hall

The city of Hannover is literally packed with sights. Ranging from the Old and the New Town Hall to the amazing number of Castles and Churches on such a small surface, not to forget about the largest city forest of Europe. Even if you only have come to the city for a fair or an exposition, take your time to explore the city and its sights.

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Sprengel Museum of Modern Art

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The museum was opened in 1979 and extended in 1992. The idea of the museum is the dialog between opening and closing, between the public and the atmosphere of art. With its characteristic openness the museum has in the meantime become a place of meeting and communication. A generous donation made this museum possible. In 1968 Dr. Bernhard Sprengel gave his extensive collection of modern art to the city of Hannover and donated a considerable sum of money for the construction of the museum. The city of Hannover and the federal state of Lower Saxony agreed to finance the more..

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address:Kurt-Schwitters-Platz , 30169 Hannover
tel:+49-511-16843875
openings:Tu 10am - 8pm, Wed - Su 10am- 6pm

Tiergarten

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The term "Zoological Garden" often used for "Tiergarten" is not quite appropriate in this case. The 112 hectares of this recreational forest are inhabited by a large number of wild animals, making it one of Hannover's most popular attractions. From the beginning it was not the production of wood, but hunting and the beauty of the wild animals and the forest that stood in the foreground. The Tiergarten was created in 1678/79 by Duke Johan Friedrich for hunting. 120 fallow deer were let free in the forest. This is approximately the number living there today. Unfortunately, Duke more..

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address:Tiergartenstraße 149, 30559 Hannover
openings:Mon-Fri 06.00 till dusk, weekends 7.00 till dusk
tel:+49-0511 / 526653
admission:free

Stadtpark

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At the back of the city hall is a lovely park and garden with fountains, ponds, lawns, a rose garden and works of art. The "Stadtpark" was designed in 1951 when the first "Bundesgartenschau" took place right here. Numerous attractions derive from that time, like a lot of the sculptures and a bridge leading into the "Eilenriede", the city's forest. There is also a pavilion and a japanese tea house. Visitors of the HCC who stay overnight at the "Hotel am Stadtpark" could miss this lovely park together, because they can use an underground passageway between the city hall and the more..

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Eilenriede

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Virtually a "city forest" and Hannover's true "green lung" is the Eilenriede forest. It covers an area of 650 hectares in the middle of the city, which makes it unique in the whole of Europe. Accordingly, the citizens of Hannover are very proud of "their" Eilenriede. The privilege to use and cultivate the Eilenriede as their possession, granted in 1371 by the dukes Wenzeslaus and Albrecht of Sachsen, is the foundation of its development. The forest stretches across the city, almost into the city centre. It takes its name from the alder trees (germ. Erlen or Ellern), which used to more..

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The Castle of Hannover

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Overlooking the picturesque old town of Celle lies the prominent castle. Celle became the residence of the Dukes of Braunschweig-Lüneburg in 1378, but of the medieval structures of the castle nothing has survived. Duke Ernst der Bekenner who introduced the Reformation had the castle rebuilt in Renaissance style in 1530. In the 18. century the last duke, Georg Wilhelm, who liked art, gave the castle the appearance that has been preserved until today. The walls were decorated in a Venetian manner, inside palatial rooms and the castle's theatre were built. Today the theatre is a more..

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address:Schloßplatz, 29221 Celle
openings:April to october daily, each hour between 10am-4pm
tel:+49 (0) 51 41 / 1 2373
admission:DM 5,-

Herrenhäuser Gärten and Zoo

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Starting from Königsworther Platz, the tour guides through the Georgengarten, a very beautiful parkway, passing the Wilhelm Busch museum, until reaching the Großer Garten. During a visit at the Großer Garten, unique baroque gardening artwork can be admired. Numerous fountains and wells can be seen between the expensively created beds and hedges; in the centre of the Großer Garten, the big fountain ejects a jet of water, several meters high, into the sky. Inform yourself about the international fireworks contest at Hannover Tourist Information. In the summer months, different more..

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Old Town Hall

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The Old Town Hall
The Old Town Hall

It was built over a period of more than 100 years. The earliest part (from 1410) overlooks the Schmiedestrasse (Blacksmith Street), the later wing next to the market was erected on the foundations of the 13th century trade hall. The adjacent wing in the Koebelinger Str. is called the "Chemists' Wing ("Apothekenflügel"), because it was the location of the Town Hall's pharmacy. This wing was later rebuilt in Italian Romanesque style, after a citizen's "action group" led by a well known neo-Gothic architect, Conrad Wilhelm Hase, managed to save the entire building from demolition more..

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address:Köbelingerstraße, 30159 Hannover

Oriental Carpet Museum

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The museum of Oriental carpets is situated on the fifth floor of the Basse House in Georgstraße in Hannover. This remarkable exhibition is based on private initiative of Dr. Amir Pakzad, who is the owner of more than 100 objects from five centuries which come from Turkey, the Caucasian Mountains, Russia, Iran, Afghanistan, India and China. Outstanding in the collection are the Uschak-carpets, silk fabrics, two "Polish" carpets and a fragment of a garden carpet. There is also a collection of Islamic, especially Safawidic and Osman textiles, embroidery, works , bracts and clothes. more..

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address:Georgstraße 54, 30159 Hannover
tel:+49-511-327566
openings:Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sa 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Wilhelm Busch Museum

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The Wilhelm Busch Museum was opened in 1937 at Georgsplatz in Hannover to honour 19. century cartoonist Wilhelm Busch. The building was destroyed in the war, but the collection was preserved. In 1949 the Wilhelm Busch Society was offered the Georgenpalais in Georgengarten park as a new home for the Wilhelm Busch collection. In 1950 the museum was reopened. In a permanent exhibtion you can see the ouevre of famous lower Saxony artist Wilhelm Busch -333 Oil paintings, 1200 drawings, 49 cartoon stories, 896 letters,193 poems, a large archive and a library. The collection was more..

type:Museums
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address:Georgengarten 1, 30167 Hannover
openings:Tu-Sa:10am-5pm ;Sun:10am-6pm
tel:+49-511-714076
admission:6,- DM, with reduction: 3,- DM

The Castle Marienburg

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Marienburg Castle
Marienburg Castle
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This romantic castle is situated on a hill near Nordstemmen on the River Leine. King Georg V. of Hannover has it built between 1857 and 1866 as a present to his queen, Marie. The large four-winged structure was begun by Hannoverian architect Hase, who was relieved by Opler in 1864. The style is Neo-Gothic, mainly in shape, not in structure. It was meant to look like a romantic medieval castle. Today it is a museum with a lot of objects from Hannovrian kings and the Welfen. The Marienburg was never completed. The annexation in 1866 stopped the construction works. The Ex-Queen more..

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address:30982 Pattensen
tel:+49 (0)5069 / 407
openings:Tues-Sun 10.00 - 1, 2.00, 13.00 - 18.00, Sundays/ public holidays from10.00 - 18.00 from 1st of December to 28th of February open only on Sat/Sun

Hannover Zoo

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The Zoo was declared an EXPO-Project called "EXPOnat Hannover Zoo" ("Exhibit Hannover Zoo"), with an entirely new concept of visitors' experience. The new attractions like the Gorilla Mountain, Jungle Palace, Meyers Hof, Sambesi and (in the near future) Arktika, were designed as enclosures (rather than the traditional cages) where the animals can live in conditions similar to their natural habitats.

type:Parks, Gardens & Zoos
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address:Adenauerallee 3, 30175 Hannover
url:www.zoo-hannover.de
openings:March to October 9:00-19:00; ticket box cloeses at 17.30; Nov-Febr 9.00-16.00, ticket box closes at 15.00
tel:+49-0511 / 28074-0
admission:adults 19 DM; cildren 17 DM

The Castle of Bückeburg

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Here, close to the ancient trading route of the Helweg the Counts of Schaumburg had a castle built in the 14. century. Next to the castle a settlement began to develop which gradually grew to a small town. Little happened before the reign of the most remarkable of the counts of Schaumburg-Lippe, Ernst (1601-22). He made Bückeburg his residence, granted the town the rights of a borough and had a lot of new structures built in the town, new roads, fortifications and buildings. The church with the facade of Early Baroque Style (1612) is unique in Northern Germany. Bückeburg castle more..

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tel:0 57 22/50 39
admission:DM 7,-
openings:daily 9 am - 12 am and 1 pm - 6 pm, october to april 1 pm - 5 pm

City sightseeing tour

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Follow the red line through Hannover. This line, 4200 meters long, is painted of the pavement and leads to 36 sights in the downtown of Hannover. A picture book on the red line is available at Hannover Tourist Information (Tel. 0511/314-20, -21, -22).

The sightseeing tour leads, among others, to the New Town Hall, here you can take the opportunity for a visit. Inside the New Town Hall, there are City models of 4 phases of the development of Hannover. An inclined lift leads you to a view platform from where you can e, njoy a magnificent view over wide parts of Hannover. more..

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Tram Museum

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In Sehnde-Wehmingen, 20 km from Hannover on the grounds of a disused potash mine there is an institution that has been visited by thousands of people within the last few years: the Hannover Tram Museum. As a museum of public transport it is popular not only with Hannoverians. The museum is situated in the old buildings of the mine company and uses the tracks on the grounds, which are the right size for the old trams. A good part of the tracks are "under wire" now, so visitors can go for a ride on an ancient tram. In the exhibition one can find out a lot about trams. The very more..

type:Museums
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address:Kirchroder Straße 5, 30625 Hannover
tel:+49-5138-4575
openings:April to October, Sun and holidays: 10am- 5pm, guided tours for groups possible

Historical Museum am Hohen Ufer

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The Beginenturm built in 1357 and integrated within the Museum is the symbol of the historical museum and the last witness of the old city wall. The museum displays 750 years of Hannover's history - from the "to den hogen overen" settlement right through to today's major city. The state history section on the ground floor covers the development from the Calenberg principality in around 1600 to the end of the Kingdom of Hannover in 1866.

Coaches from the Hannoverian court, portraits of its rulers, flags, costumes and medals, transport visitors back to an age when the state more..

type:Museums
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address:Pferdestraße 6, 30159 Hannover
openings:Tue 10am- 8pm, Wed - Fri 10am- 4pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm
tel:+49-511-16843052
admission:3 DM, Special exhibitions: 5 DM, free entrance on fridays, for children under 12 years and for school classes

Niedersachsen Landesmuseum

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The Niedersachsen Landesmuseum contains a selection of paintings and sculptures spanning nine centuries, as well as interesting archaeological, ethnological and natural history exhibits. The museum's art collection includes the works of Rembrandt, Rubens and Albrecht Duerer as well as numerous other artists. German and Italian renaissance art hang alongside old Dutch masters and masterpieces from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Almost half of the 44 galleries containing the Landesmuseum's collection of paintings and sculptures are dedicated to 19th and 20th century art from more..

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address:Willy-Brandt-Allee 5, 30169 Hannover
tel:+49-511-98075

Veterinary Museum

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The vets' college in Hannover was founded in 1778 as "königliche Roß-Arznei-Schule" by Georg III. The exhibition shows the development from the 18. century to the recognition as a university in 1913 until today. The collection, openend to the public in 1981, shows all aspects of veterinarian research and practice. The base of all veterinarian science is horse medicine which was in due course extended to other working animals and pets. You can see a lot of instruments for diagnosis, operations, the treatment of teeth, castrastion, epidemic control etc. The vet works in a country more..

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address:Bischofsholer Damm 15, 30173 Hannover
tel:+49-0511 / 856-7503
openings:Tues-Thurs 10.00-16.00

Museum of the Blind, Hannover - State Training Centre

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This museum is situated in the school for the blind in the "Landesbildenzentrum" which was built in 1912/14. It was opened in 1994. With the help of 6000 objects it is demonstrated how blind people have been educated between 1843 and today. You can see education materials, media and tools for daily life. There is a lot of information about Braille-script, books, maps and globes, writing machines and electronic reading machines which make ordinary writing readable with tactual sensation. This collection is unique in Germany.

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address:Bleekstraße 22, 30559 Hannover
tel:+49-511-52470
openings:by agreement

Kestner Museum

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Ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek art and arts and craft from the Middle Ages to the present times are the themes of the exhibition in the Kestner Museum. Furthermore the museum holds an impressive collection of Art Deco and shows objects of present design and art from all over Europe. The collection of Roman and medieval coins is world famous. The founder of the Kestner Museum was August Kestner, Hannoverian diplomat in Rome and the son of Charlotte Buff who was a friend of Goethe's and example for the "Charlotte" in Goethe's famous "Werther.

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address:Trammplatz 3, 30159 Hannover
openings:Tues-Sun 11.00 - 18.00 Uhr, Wed until 20.00
tel:+49-0511 / 168-42120
admission:3,- DM, free on fridays

Kestner Gesellschaft

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The Kestner Gesellschaft was founded in 1916 as a gallery for 20th century art. Banned by the Nazis in 1936, the Kestner Gesellschaft reopened its gallery in the Warmbuechenstrasse in 1948. The Kestner Gesellschaft began to look for a suitable gallery when the old building became too outdated to meet the technical demands of present-day art exhibitions. The Kestner Gesellschaft found the ideal location for its new gallery in the centre of the city in the former Goseriede Public Baths. With the Goseriede, the Kestner Gesellschaft now has a gallery consisting of 5 exhibition halls. more..

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address:Goseriede 11, 30159 Hannover
tel:+49-0511 / 70120-0
openings:Tues-Sun 10-19.00; Thurs 10-19.00,Thurs 10-21.00, public holidays 10-19.00
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